Health

1207, 2017

Safe, effective family planning is key to ‘empowering people, developing nations’ – UN

July 12th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, Hunger and food security, News, Poverty|

If the demand of women in developing countries who wanted access to safe and effective family planning was met, it would reduce an estimated 100,000 maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies, the United Nations population agency today said.

707, 2017

Antibiotic resistance making gonorrhoea ‘sometimes impossible’ to treat – UN health agency

July 7th, 2017|Health, News|

Gonorrhoea is becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistance, the United Nations health agency today cautioned, adding that there is a need for better prevention and treatment of the disease that infects an estimated 78 million people each year.

2806, 2017

Investing in poor children saves more lives per dollar spent, UNICEF study finds

June 28th, 2017|Health, News|

Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money than investing in less deprived groups, saving almost twice as many lives for every $1 million spent, according to a new study by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

2206, 2017

UN spotlights health benefits of yoga, ancient practice that can ease stress of our modern ‘laptop’ lives

June 22nd, 2017|Health, News|

Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing – essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

1406, 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

June 14th, 2017|Health, News|

As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.

2205, 2017

In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

May 22nd, 2017|Health, News|

The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.

405, 2017

UN health agency to examine lower-cost ‘biosimilar’ drugs to expand access to cancer treatment

May 4th, 2017|Health, News|

As a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it will launch a pilot project for prequalifying so-called “biosimilars,” or lower cost drugs.

2604, 2017

Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

April 26th, 2017|Health, News|

Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

2504, 2017

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN

April 25th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations health agency’s regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.

2404, 2017

Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says ‘let’s close the gap’ in prevention coverage

April 24th, 2017|Health, News|

On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015.